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White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling nameSerpent Trail

103 km / 64 miles

Hants, Surrey, W Sussex
The Serpent Trail is designed to highlight some of the finest heathland and woodland landscapes in the South East and follows a rough S shape along the hills of the Sussex Greensand - snaking between Haslemere, Petworth, Midhurst and Petersfield in a habitat of snakes.

It is part of the Sussex Wealden Greensand Heaths Project (SWGHP), restoring heathland in West Sussex, more than 80% of which has been lost in the last 200 years to forestry, agriculture and development but more recently lack of management. The project restores lost heathland whilst conserving existing areas. SWGHP has had a 630,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and its partners are Sussex Downs Conservation Board (SDCB), the National Trust, DEFRA, English Nature and West Sussex County Council.

Continuing the greensand theme, the Geeensand Way provides a 108-mile route from the start at Haslemere, east across greensand ridges almost as far as the Kent coast.

Picture shows Chris Packham opening the Serpent Trail in 2005.


Path Type: Other Paths
Waymark: White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling name Waymark: White disc/serpent in purple triangle/encircling name
Attributes: Heath
SU905331 - Haslemere High Street , Surrey ( near station)
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SU754226 - Petersfield Heath, Petersfield, Hants
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Open Date: 5 April 2005
Web Sites: Visit South Downs - Serpent Trail - PDF

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Booklet: Serpent Trail: Official Guide (Sussex Downs Joint Commitee Northern Area Office - 2007)
Leaflet: Serpent Trail (Petersfield TIC)


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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger: 186197
OS Landranger Active: 186197
OS Explorer: 120121133134
OS Explorer Active: 120121133134

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

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Hostel Accommodation: Hindhead YHA, Devil's Punchbowl,Thursley, Godalming 4 Km < 1 Km
Self-catering: Honeysuckle Cottage  (bookable online) < 1 Km 52 Km
Self-catering: Long Meadow  (bookable online) 1 Km 78 Km
B & B Accommodation: Pear Tree Cottage  (bookable online) 1 Km 85 Km
B & B Accommodation: Oakhurst Cottage  (bookable online) < 1 Km 86 Km
B & B Accommodation: Copper Beeches  (bookable online) 3 Km 103 Km
Self-catering: The Dairy and Parlour at Copper Beeches  (bookable online) 3 Km 103 Km

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Connected Paths:

Paths Marked on OS mapping: Greensand Way; Hangers Way; Sussex Border Path
Other Paths: Four Stations Way; Goring to Goring; Midhurst Way; Nelson Way; Shipwrights Way; Walking the Castles of Sussex; West Sussex Literary Trail
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Route Profile:

100.4 Km (62.4 miles)
1,796 m (5,892 ft) ascent
283 m (928 ft)  maximum height